Cape Town – From Wildlife Safaris to Cage Shark Diving

Posted on August 26, 2011 by

This is a guest post by Mohamed Khazma.

To think of a top destination in Africa is far less obvious than the choices available in Europe – but there’s Cape Town, Africa’s answer to tourist hubs. Cape Town’s position to the southern tip of Africa makes it an ideal location and a significant player in Africa’s contact with the outside world. Cape Town’s complex landscape of mountainous coastal regions mixed with its thriving city centre provides visitors with a variety of accommodation options.

Flickr photo by Andy Carter

Land-based Adventures

Staying on soil is the best way to experience most of what the city has on offer. The first and most significant structure is Table Mountain, a flat top mountain overlooking the city of Cape Town – it opens its landscape to abseiling, mountain biking, and for a generous workout, there’s a choice to hike on foot.

A more tranquil experience is to go horse-riding at sunset on Noordhoek beach, 5 miles of unspoiled coastline tucked in-between Chapman’s peak and the Kommetjie lighthouse. Located 45 minutes from the city centre are the beautiful Atlantis sand dunes, a protected nature reserve on the west coast, its steep sand dunes allow visitors to enjoy sandboarding, quad biking, or group Land Rover 4×4 experiences.

Cape Town is home to a number of Big 5 (elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino) safari parks, Aquila Game Reserve is one of the closest to Cape Town’s city centre with a 90 minute drive away. The reserve offers day trips, horseback safaris, and overnight stays in its luxury chalets overlooking the Langeberg and the Outeniqua Mountains.

Flickr photo by Pepe Pont

Underwater Thrills

Cape Town offers an array of sports activities to compete with other coastal destinations. Kloofing (canyoning) and waterfall abseiling are amongst the hidden gems of Cape Town for adventure-seekers, areas like the Kamikaze Canyon provide drops as high as 22 metres into natural water pools. Other kloofing locations include: Kaaimans Gorge, Nuy River Gorge, and Gordon’s Bay.

Truly one of the most breath-taking but thrilling underwater activities in Cape Town is cage shark diving with the great white sharks. Cape Town’s False Bay and Gansbaai provide for some of the best shark diving locations in the world. Prices start from around 1300rand ($180/€120) for half a day’s tour.

Flickr photo by Hermanus Backpackers

Sky-high Adrenaline

For the best views of Cape Town and its surroundings, skydiving provides the thrill that most adrenaline junkies look for. The journey begins with a 40-minute drive north of Cape Town where light aircrafts climb 9000 feet before unlocking their doors to allow divers to plummet over the Cape Peninsula. The view from here is one of a kind and if you’re craving for some bloodrushing fun then this would definitely feed your thirst.

Flickr photo by George M.Groutas

Kick Back in the City

The City Bowl (Cape Town’s city centre) gets visitors close to the nightlife, restaurants and entertainment. Here, you’re also just a hop away from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, as well as the Atlantic Seaboard and its fashionable beaches. The City Bowl sits on an immaculate location between mountain (Table Mountain) and sea (Harbour). The city centre’s hotels range from 3* guesthouses to world-class 5* hotels.

Flickr photo by Blyzz

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2 Responses to “Cape Town – From Wildlife Safaris to Cage Shark Diving”

  1. ciki August 26, 2011 4:48 pm #

    Gawd! that shark is smiling at me… like just before he eats me! LOL. Cape town is brilliant! I am soooo going!

  2. Nancy $ Shawn Power August 27, 2011 1:15 am #

    Thanks for string those amazing pictures!

    Nancy & Shawn

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